Who We Are
The National Kriol Council was established in 1995 as a legal non-government, not for profit cutural organization; incorporation as such was in April, 1996.
The National Kriol Council (NKC) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to the cultural, social and economic development of the Kriol [cultural] population through unity, education, industry and the restoration of core values. The Council is committed to providing the support to the Belize Kriol that will allow for greater participation in the national development of Belize.
Purpose of the Council
An important part of what shaped the mission as well as what helped formed the objectives of the Council is looking at the problems facing our Belizean Kriols who are afro-descendants. Below are ideas gathered from an institutional training done with the Kriol Council in 2009 with the assistance of the Social Investment Fund (SIF) of Belize.
Problems facing Kriols in Belize
The above was then grouped into five key areas:
Five areas of Kriol problems (summary from above)
As a result of the above areas, the objectives below were developed to guide the Council in this second decade of the new millennium:
To empower individuals with knowledge and skills for the preservation and promotion of the positive aspects of the Kriol language and culture
To publicly advocate for and on behalf of the Kriol population
To create an environment that fosters unity within the Kriol population and among other ethnic groups through the promotion of cultural activities
To provide training for the Kriol population in culturally based entrepreneurial activities to generate income for the individual and to help sustain the Council [one instance was the 2003 Mayflower Street Upliftment Project, with the asistance of SIF (See the following:
Kriol used as upliftment tool. (2003, July 25). News5. Retrieved from http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/14802
More recently, with SIF's assistance, NKC conducted a two-month Cultural Entrepreneurial Program that involved five areas of skills training, such as handicraft making, creation of Kriol musical instruments and the like. Additionally, in 2008 - 2009, with the assitance of the International Development Bank (IDB), NKC was involved in a cultural retrieval of music and dance.
To conduct research, build research documentation capabilities of the council and use research as a basis for program development directed by the NKC and other agencies
Structure of the Organization
Effective April 2010 the structure of the Kriol Council's branches has been changed from districts to regions. Below is the revised organizational structure for the Council.